Health

New staff taken on in bid to improve ambulance service

New ambulances and staff have seen improvements to the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS). A report to the county council’s health scrutiny committee says there have been 39 new vehicles added to the fleet. Of those, 28 are direct replacements while 11 are  additions. “While the performance of the division has improved considerably between March 2018 and March 2019, it  ...

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New treatment centre for area

A new mobile treatment centre was handed over to St John Ambulance during a ceremony in Spalding. At the end of March, the Mark Master Masons and the Mark Benevolent Fund donated the unit at St Mary and Nicholas Church. The Lincolnshire mobile treatment centre is one of over 50 vehicles which are being handed over in England, Wales, Northern ...

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Holiday pharmacy openings

The NHS is reminding residents in South Holland that many pharmacies will be closed over the Easter break. But there is expert -medical treatment during the holiday at a number of pharmacies. Patients can save time by visiting pharmacists for quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses. “Your local pharmacy can help you with more than you might ...

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Marathon efforts to help Alethia

A Spalding businesswoman is in the final stages of training for the London Marathon to raise money for a young girl with a mystery illness. Monika Todd will be pounding the streets of the capital for Alethia Greenfield who will be 11 three days after the marathon. The Donington youngster has been left immobile and is now without speech as ...

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Campaign for ‘safe places’

A campaign to make it law that all medical centre personnel are first-aid trained has been started by two Spalding residents. The campaign started after Spalding woman Naty Cruz was left “shocked and unempowered” after she claims staff at Munro Medical Centre in Spalding refused to call an ambulance for her friend who was unwell. The surgery has responded with ...

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MND sufferer Nigel set for World Snooker Championships platform

A Spalding snooker player who has Motor Neurone Disease has pocketed a place performing at the sport’s World Championships. Despite struggling to walk as a result of the condition, Nigel Brasier (49) has continued to play the sport he’s loved since he was eight-years-old. And on April 24 he will be appearing at the sport’s spiritual home, The Crucible in ...

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Rotary offers blood pressure tests

South Holland residents are being invited for a free health check that could help prevent a stroke. On Saturday, April 13, Spalding’s South Holland Centre will host Spalding Rotary Club and Stroke Association’s day of free blood pressure checks. A Rotary spokesman said of the day: “Blood pressures will be taken by health professionals who can give advice if there ...

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Full of the joys of spring… cleaning

The national initiative to clean up Britain has taken off in a big way in South Holland, with teams taking to the streets on Tuesday morning and two major clean-up groups joining forces in Spalding. “We’re just trying to make the place better, that’s what it comes down to,” said Mark Douglass, who at the end of last year formed ...

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GP surgery put in special measures

A South Holland GP surgery serving more than 8,000 patients has been put into special measures following a recent inspection. Holbeach Medical Centre was rated as being ‘inadequate’ by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC.) “The service will be kept under review and if needed could be escalated to urgent enforcement action,” says the report. The surgery will be ...

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Battle for Alethia (10) and her family

A Spalding businesswoman is running her first ever marathon to help the family of a ten-year-old girl battling illness. Monika Todd will be pounding the streets of the capital for the London Marathon next month and has extra motivation to succeed. She is raising money for Alethia Greenfield who is waiting for a vital appointment at Great Ormond Street Hospital ...

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Crowland dementia cafe set to open

A dedicated dementia cafe opens its doors in Crowland tomorrow (Thursday). Run by charity Tonic Health, the Crowland Dementia Cafe holds its first session from 10am to noon at the Snowden Pavilion. The cafe sessions will then be weekly every Thursday at the same time. There is no need to book spaces ahead of time as the cafe is a ...

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Lincolnshire launches dementia plan

Lincolnshire County Council along with NHS partners has launched the Lincolnshire Joint Strategy for Dementia. Launched as part of an event at the Showroom Lincoln called ‘Living Well with Dementia in Lincolnshire’, the strategy sets out how adult social care, working alongside public health and the NHS will help people living with dementia. Coun Patricia Bradwell OBE, Executive Member for ...

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Dirty vehicles and low morale at Spalding ambulance site

Dirty ambulances and low staff morale were reported by inspectors looking at a service contracted in South Holland. The Thames Ambulance Service staff had no access to running water in Spalding and inspectors found dirty vehicles when they checked the site in October. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report was discussed by county councillors at a meeting this week. Members ...

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Care company getting better

A South Holland care company has been judged to require improvement by inspectors. Atlas Care, at Pode Hole, has been rated good for caring and effectiveness by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). But it requires improvement for safety, responsiveness and leadership. Atlas Care provides services to clients ranging from older people with dementia and those with physical disability. An inspection ...

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Lincolnshire named worst place for people wanting NHS dentists

Lincolnshire is the worst place in the country for patients looking to find an NHS dentist. The news comes hard on the heels of the revelation that two promised surgeries in Spalding are not going to materialise. A 2018 survey carried out on behalf of the government has revealed that patients in South Lincolnshire have the lowest success rate of ...

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Breast screening unit at Johnson for Gosberton patients

Patients registered at a Gosberton GP surgery are being invited for breast screening at a mobile unit in South Holland later this month. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) Lincolnshire Breast Screening Service will be inviting women registered with Gosberton Medical Centre to attend an appointment on the mobile unit, which will be based at the Johnson Hospital in ...

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Donations lead to new scanner

A brand new scanner that it’s hoped will improve waiting times at Johnson Hospital is up and running thanks to charity funds. The £26,000 ultrasound scanner has been purchased by the hospital’s League of Friends partly with donations from the thousands raised by the Johnson Hospital Ball. The Venous Ablation machine can look at veins and arteries and as it’s ...

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‘Alternative’ way to offer dental care ?

The NHS is to look at “alternative models of service delivery” after failing to land two new dentists in Spalding. As previously reported in The Voice, plans to open full-time dental surgeries at the Johnson Hospital and Winsover Road have been shelved with the companies behind them citing recruitment problems as the reason. An emergency dental service is continuing for ...

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Bereavement suite plan for Pilgrim

A planned bereavement suite in Boston’s Pilgrim hospital will help provide families with comfort and support following the death of a baby. A suite is already open at Lincoln County Hospital and is “there to make memories and give families and chance to grieve in a quiet, comfortable space away from the hospital”, a United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust statement said. ...

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Changes in stroke care at Boston’s Pilgrim hospital

Stroke victims in South Holland who would normally be treated at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston will face a longer trip alternate weekends from February. At both weekends and Bank Holidays from next month, one specialist stroke team will alternate its time between the Pilgrim and the Lincoln Hospital. A report to Lincolnshire County Council states that United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS ...

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